Viva la Vida, Hiram Green Vivacious

In some of the posts that I have written over the last couple of months I mentioned how much more difficult it is to speak about and fully enjoy perfume and that I felt kind of guilty by doing so while there were reports of the numbers of victims increasing in more and more countries. Many of you send their positive words of encouragement – that we all love perfume and if it helps, it helps – so do it. Of course you were right! So I decided to find something that sparks pure happiness right from the start. Thanks to Hiram Green and his new perfume, this weekend I found my true joy.

Vivacious opens with a zing of bergamot that feels particularly green and almost biting in the first impression. For a short moment it smells to me like something else, bringing ivy or vines to my mind. Once that first feeling fades away, a more juicy, tart, yet bittergreen side of bergamot is revealed. It effuses a pleasant and joyful scent that differs from the usual hesperidic rendition of this citrus fruit, at least on my skin. This non-obvious opening doesn’t last for long and just a couple of minutes after I invited this perfume to spend the day with me, the composition started to evolve in a floral direction.


As Hiram Green described on his website, Vivacious is centered around violet flower and is a nod to Victorian times. Little purple flowers were one of Queen Victoria’s favourites. Not only were they used to perfume fine toiletries but they also found their way into confectionery. Victorians enjoyed eating candied violets and using them in various pastries & cakes. They were also popular cut flowers used to adorn one’s outfit. In England of older days these flowers became a symbol of fidelity and modesty. All these various elements are beautifully reflected in this new perfume.

Vivacious transitions into its floral heart without any visible seams. Violet, like a queen, claims the center place on a throne almost immediately. At first the scent is more reminiscent of violet leaf as I identify something freshly green, crispy & with a little bit of dewiness. But then the flowers open up and the air is filled with their mesmerizing fragrance. If magic was translated into scent, it would smell like this. Violets here give off a sweet, pollen like aroma that feels delicious. It’s tad sugary feeling, quite edible but far from any definition of gourmand. Later on violet becomes more powdery and gains that characteristic facet that makes it feel more like a luxurious cosmetic.

Powdery aspect of violet is often associated with lipsticks, press powders and boudoirs. But when I smell this new perfume I completely don’t get that vibe. Instead Hiram Green Vivacious gives me some type of freshness that’s hidden inside. Somewhere in the background there’s also a smell of violet candy I remember from my childhood. Ah, nostalgia! When carnation joins the composition the floral bouquet becomes a little spicy with that charismatic fiery flair you might know from Prada Infusion d’Oeillet or Aedes Oeillet Bengale.ย The perfume feels warmer on the skin thanks to it & in my opinion carnation is also what makes Vivacious a perfume suitable for both men and women.


I was excited for orris in Vivacious and I have to tell you that it makes a big difference. At the moment it becomes noticeable on the skin, the whole composition becomes incredibly elegant & sophisticated. Buttery, waxy facets of iris give the perfume a smooth, velvety finish with that luminous sheen. Light woody element of this accord makes me think of some vintage furniture piece – old but glossy & polished. Powdery amber in the drydown has a cosy, reassuring effect. It gives Vivacious warmth, as if you were wrapped by a fluffy blanket with a favourite hot drink in your hand.

Vivacious by Hiram Green is a bottled elixir of joy. It’s the kind of perfume that can brighten a worse day and bring smile to your face. I just love how refined and carefree it feels when you wear it. Not to mention that Hiram once again mastered his ingredients giving them so much energy that this 100% natural composition lasts all day on me. To me Vivacious is a celebration of life & nature around us – a path of light that will guide us towards the better days. Just what many of us need right now to cheer up. I seriously think I might need more of this gorgeous perfume. Vivacious is an eau de parfum and is available in 50 ml bottles. It’s a must try if iris or violet make you swoon.

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39 thoughts on “Viva la Vida, Hiram Green Vivacious

  1. Ines says:

    Oh, I really like the sound of that violet. The smell of violets will always make me think of my grandmother, it was her favorite things and now when I smell them, my heart remembers her. I will definitely look this up.

    • lucasai says:

      Hi Ines! I was instantly attracted to Vivacious, such a beautiful perfume. Pretty violet, delicately spiced with carnation and smooth thanks to orris.

      Isn’t it wonderful to have a smell that will always remind you of someone?

  2. Jillie says:

    Sounds pretty much like perfection to me – elements from many of my old favourites stirred together in a magical cauldron and emerging as a happiness potion.

  3. Holly says:

    I’m excited to try this one and so glad that you love it! I have a split from hajusuuri coming soon, so I’ll be able to join in the fun. As a side note, the name “Vivacious” is an interesting choice as that word itself is kinda retro.

    • lucasai says:

      Looking forward to hear what you think of Vivacious!
      By saying that the name is retro do you mean that vivacious is not used in modern English but it used to be in the past?

  4. Perfumelover67 says:

    Thanks for the review Lucas! I have been enjoying my decant of Vivacious a lot. On my skin carnation is very prominent, even more than violet. It is such a cheerful, but very elegant scent at the same time. Full bottle worthy. Thumbs up to Hiram Green!

    • lucasai says:

      My pleasure! Did you also get your decant from Hajusuuri split at NST?
      That’s interesting that your skin makes carnation that much stronger. For me it just added a little bit of heat to the scent.

      Yes, full bottle worthy!

  5. MMKinPA says:

    I have a travel spray of Shangri La and hope that Hiram considers that format again. I love violet and this sounds absolutely beautiful and I would buy one in a heartbeat. (I find it hard to commit to 50ml). Iโ€™m doing a no-buy year and releases like this are making it harder!

    • lucasai says:

      When I met Hiram we talked about these travel sprays and he admitted he had to give up on them because he wasn’t making any money with them.

      No-buy year, especially such weird and hard as 2020 is so far, must be a big challenge. Keep it up ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. cookie queen says:

    It really is a gorgeous floral. I like it more and more each time I wear it.

  7. hajusuuri says:

    I am tickled that you love this one…now we have to see if our triplet has the same reaction! Itโ€™s a spicy sweet violet iris on me – love!

    • lucasai says:

      Me too! And I’m so happy that thanks to your splits more people will get to know Vivacious.
      I think Undina will fall in love too!

  8. Undina says:

    On my skin it is mostly carnation – which isn’t a bad thing since I like that note, but I wouldn’t mind getting more violet and iris. Maybe I should try it again once it gets cooler – which I will be able to do, thanks to hajusuuri’s split ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Richard says:

    A very nice review for a rare gem ..thank you Hiram for this beautiful fragrance

  10. Kings Fragrances says:

    Good reviews on perfumes

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